Kelli Jacobi

Responding to Widespread Photo-Sharing
5:11 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Internet Safety Expert to Speak At Rhinelander Schools

The School District of Rhinelander is bringing in an expert from the state Department of Justice to talk with students and parents about internet crimes and safety.

The district has been dealing with a recent investigation of students sharing explicit photos via social media and on cell phones.

As a result of the school’s investigation about ten students were briefly suspended, but Superintendent Kelli Jacobi says it became clear that the problem was broader and more systemic than just a few students.  

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Hitting Standards for Education
3:57 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

School Report Cards Give Northwoods Solid Marks

This year marks the third that the state has issued schools a report card evaluating various aspects of performance.
Credit Basheer Tome

Most public schools are meeting or going beyond state expectations in the Northwoods.

School report cards released each September look at how students are doing in reading and math, attendance and graduation rates.  There are also categories that measure student improvement, and how schools are closing performance gaps between demographics. 

In Crandon, District Administrator Jim Asher says schools did better than state averages in student growth and closing the gap categories...and but still need work on some academic indicators.    

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Wanting Community Input
5:21 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

School District Seeks Feedback on Strategic Plan

The Rhinelander School District is working on a new strategic plan.
Credit Basheer Tome

The School District of Rhinelander is looking for input on a new strategic plan.

It will help set goals and priorities for the next few years. 

Superintendent Kelli Jacobi is inviting the public to a series of meetings Wednesday and Thursday…to offer feedback and suggestions.

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Senate voting on matter Tuesday
3:11 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Local School Leader Favors Scheduling Flexibility

Supt. Kelli Jacobi
Credit Rhinelander School District

  The Wisconsin Senate is voting on a bill  tossing out the 180 day requirement for schools to hold classes.   Classes would still have to be held for certain numbers of hours -- but schools could hold longer days to get those hours in.  The issue came to the forefront in January, when most Wisconsin schools were closed for at least four days due to the coldest winter in two decades.

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Public School Choice Time
2:38 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Open Enrollment Period Begins

School districts hope more students enroll there, as it brings more state resources.
Credit Christopher Sessums

Open enrollment begins this week.  Wisconsin families have the option of enrolling their kids in any public school district, even if they live outside its boundaries.  

  For some districts open enrollment brings more revenue, while for others it draws resources out of the area. 

Northland Pines right now is losing about 70 students, but has a net positive gain with around 85 coming in.   District Administrator Mike Richie says they’ve been on the positive end of the equation since 2010, and he keeps a close eye on the numbers. 

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School Closed Unexpectedly
5:28 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Heat Problems Resolved at Central

In Rhinelander, Central Intermediate School is scheduled to be open Tuesday after Monday's unexpected closing.  School District officials say part of the school’s electrical system failed, affecting the heat in the building. 

Staff became aware of the problem around 6 am and called WPS. 

But the announcement software designed to alert parents of school closings also malfunctioned.  Rhinelander Schools Superintendent Kelli Jacobi says parents were notified late.

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Making it Easier to Get Care
5:16 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Rhinelander School District Hosts New Clinic for Employees

A new clinic has opened its doors inside Rhinelander High School.  The new Aspirus clinic won’t serve students - but it will serve school district employees and their families.  The clinic can provide basic primary care. A visit costs just ten dollars. 

Rhinelander Schools Superintendent Kelli Jacobi says clinic access will be good for employee health, as well as save the district money. 

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Challenges in Rural Education
5:26 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Lawmakers Learn About Rural Schools

Task Force on Rural Schools
Credit Ken Krall / WXPR News

Eleven Assembly members from both parties came to Rhinelander Wednesday to learn more of the challenges facing rural schools. Ken Krall reports area school leaders had much to say.

The Speakers Task Force on Rural Schools first heard from Rhinelander Superintendent Kelli Jacobi who outlined Rhinelander's history, including cutting $11 million from the budget and closing five buildings, including 4 schools in the past ten years. She says a combination of factors are providing local schools with increasing problems, not the least of which is the drop in state aids...

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Back to School
4:00 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

As Classes Begin, Superintendent Hopes for Smooth Transport

As school buses prepare to roll out, Rhinelander District Schools Superintendent Kelli Jacobi hopes for a smooth first day.
Credit Don O'Brien

It's time for the first day of school.  

Rhinelander School District Superintendent Kelli Jacobi plans to visit all district schools in the first two weeks of classes.  She’s hoping school bus logistics will run more smoothly than last year. 

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A Convenient Location
4:00 am
Mon September 2, 2013

School Lends Space to Sheriff's Department

The Oneida County Sheriff’s Department is opening a new office station at an elementary school.  Deputies will use a room at the Northwoods Community Elementary School as a stopping point to take care of administrative tasks.  No suspects will be brought to the location.  County Sheriff Grady Hartman says the new office on Highway K will help the department have a stronger presence on the west side of the county. 

“We get a high call volume especially around Highway 51.  And we needed a place where the officers could stop or take care of personal business.” 

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